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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

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Overland Hangzhou City Exploration
Be mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty and the rich cultural heritage of Hangzhou. Located on the east coast of China, it was previously described by Marco Polo as "the finest and most splendid city in the world". Visit West Lake – the symbol of Hangzhou –which boasts enchanting natural scenery and embark on a boat cruise on the lake. The lake is touted as one which offers the most beautiful sights in China all-year round. The lotus flowers are a common sighting during the July season. 

Proceed on a local restaurant to have lunch (meal at own cost). 

After lunch, visit a 1,600-year old temple called Lingyin Temple. The temple features a large number of grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the incredible Flying Peak.

Proceed on a local restaurant to have dinner (meal at own cost). 

*drive from Shanghai to Hangzhou will take approximately 3 hrs per way
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West Lake
West Lake is man-made and created after the Chinese love for garden-style parks for recreation. It's in the western suburbs, the historic center of Hangzhou. West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou, and is considered one of the most beautiful sights in China.

The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands.

The landscape of West Lake had a profound impact on the design of gardens not only in China but further afield, where lakes and causeways imitated the harmony and beauty of West Lake. The key components of West Lake still allow it to inspire people to 'project feelings onto the landscape'. The visual parameters of this vast landscape garden are clearly defined, rising to the ridges of the surrounding hills as viewed from Hangzhou.
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Lingyin Temple
Visit the 1,600-year-old Lingyin Temple that features many grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the incredible Flying Peak. You will find Temple of Soul's Retreat (Lingyin Temple) in a long, narrow valley between Peak Flown From Afar (Fei Lai Feng) and North Peak to the northwest of the West Lake at Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. It is without doubt a premier showpiece in the West Lake environs and is notable also as one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples of China. In 1961 it was listed for protection as a key provincial historical and cultural site and is considered a leading centre for research relative to Chinese Buddhist culture.
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Hangzhou - at my leisure
Enjoy Hangzhou at your own leisure and pace. You may choose to simply relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel or go explore the city in your own way to see what treasures you discover. 
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Six Harmonies Pagoda
Visit Six Harmonies Pagoda, a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture built to calm the tidal waters of Qiantang River and aid in navigation. This pagoda is an octagonal building with a height of 196.49 feet (59.89 meters). Seen from the outside, the pagoda has 13 storeys and there are 104 iron bells hung at every corner of the eaves. Because of this magnificent appearance, locals consider it a brave general standing on the bank of Qiantang River. However, if you step into the pagoda, you will find only seven floors inside. A spiral staircase was built inside the tower, leading to the top floor. Each floor of the pagoda consists of four parts: exterior wall, a ring-shaped corridor, interior wall, and a small chamber. The chambers are used to enshrine Buddha figures. Looking through windows on exterior walls, visitors can overlook beautiful scenery of wide Qiantang River and grand Qiantang River Bridge, against distant green mountains. There are a lot of exquisite brick-carvings inside the tower with various themes, including pomegranates, lotuses, phoenixes, peacocks, lions, and kylins.
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Dragon Well Tea Village

Visit the Dragon Well Tea Village, where you could know more about tea-making process (tea planting) and Chinese tea culture. The excellent quality of Dragon Well Tea is guaranteed by a super elaborate production process. The picking of the leaves  emphasizes the importance of timeliness. As a famous among tea growers saying goes, "Tea leaves are a treasure if picked earlier while it is useless as grass if picked too late." Dragon Well Tea leaves are picked during different periods of time. Generally speaking, the best is picked before Qingming Festival, which is called Mingqian Tea. The one picked before Grain Rain are fairly good and are called Yuqian Tea. 

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Hangzhou overland tour
Land transfer 3 hours from Shanghai to Hangzhou. 

First stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site West Lake that has influenced poets and painters throughout the ages for its natural beauty and historical relics, and it has been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers, as evidenced by the impact it had on various Chinese classical gardens. 

Next, head to Lingyin Temple, one of the 10 most famous Buddhist temples of China. It is also known as the "Temple of the Soul's Retreat' or 'Temple of Inspired Seclusion' for the setting has a quiet and beautiful grandeur that encourages a feeling of peace and for contemplation. Visit one of the true masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture, the Six Harmonies Pagoda located on Yuelun Hill overlooking the Qiantang River. The purpose for building the pagoda was to calm the tidal waters of the Qiantang River. The pagoda was named 'Liuhe' to signify the harmony of heaven, earth, and the four directions: east, west, south and north.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Transfer back to hotel after tour.  Overnight in Hangzhou. 
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13 Days 12 Nights Shanghai, Xi'An and Beijing Package
Embark on a 13 day journey in China where you will visit three of China's most well-known cities - Shanghai, Xi'An and Beijing. This package is highly customisable to your client's preference. 

Itinerary will include: 3 nights Shanghai | 1 night Hangzhou | 3 nights Xi'an | 3 nights Beijing 
    
Explore the highlights of  Shanghai as you visit areas such as the Yu garden, the Jade Buddha Temple, Old Town and the bustling The Bund. Also visit iconic attractions like theTerracotta Warriors Museum where you will be able to witness the incredible clay army created by Emperor Qin Shi Huang around 250BC. 
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13 Days China Land Program
Navigate the oriental cities of China and discover the contrasting modernity of Shanghai against rich heritage of Beijing and Xi'an whilst enjoying the beauty of Chengdu's pandas and UNESCO World Heritage site in Hangzhou.
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